Log Cabin syrup slammed in Vermont
October 1, 2010
Packaging and labeling for a “natural” pancake syrup is drawing criticism from politicians and others who represent maple syrup producers. Log Cabin Syrup from Pinnacle Foods rolled out earlier this summer in a plastic jug with the words “All Natural Syrup” across the bottom. Officials in Vermont, the nation’s largest producer of maple syrup, are slamming the product because it contains only 4% maple syrup and depends on high-fructose corn syrup for most of its sweetening. “By continuing to market its product with jug-like packaging and ‘all-natural’ labeling, Pinnacle leaves consumers with the impression that Log Cabin table syrup and Vermont maple syrup are one and the same,” U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., told the Associated Press. “As Vermonters know, they're not even close.” Pinnacle recently said it would stop using caramel coloring in the product, but Vermont officials are still calling for an investigation into whether the product and packaging violate federal guidelines.